from the bumblebee-flies-anyway dept.
David Vuorio writes "The Open Graphics Project aims to develop a fully open-source graphics
card; all specs, designs, and source code are released under Free
licenses. Right now, FPGAs (large-scale reprogrammable chips) are used
to build a development platform called OGD1. They've just completed
an alpha version of legacy VGA emulation, apparently
not an easy feat.
This YouTube clip
shows Gentoo booting up in text mode, with OGD1 acting as the primary display.
The Linux Fund is receiving donations, so that
ten OGD1 boards can be bought (at cost) for developers. Also, the FSF
shows their interest by asking
volunteers to help with the OGP wiki."
Real Programmers don't write in FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and
crystallography weenies. FORTRAN is for wimp engineers who wear white socks.